Open Space Supervisor - #1701759

City of Westminster

Date: 5 days ago
City: Westminster, CO
Contract type: Full time

This position works with limited supervision from the Open Space Superintendent and assists the Parks, Recreation, and Libraries Department in carrying out the objectives of the Open Space program. The Open Space Supervisor provides expertise to oversee and monitor multiple projects of small to medium size and complexity that have been identified to support the Open Space Stewardship Plan.

The Open Space Supervisor will provide leadership, direction, supervision and guidance to a dynamic team responsible for recruiting, supporting, and managing volunteers, , delivering programs focused on outdoor recreation, environmental education, trail use, sustainability and stewardship opportunities.


Supervise four direct reports with responsibilities in the work areas below and assist the Open Space Superintendent in long-term vision planning and management plan implementation:

  • Natural resource and stewardship programs, including native and non-native vegetation mapping, monitoring, and data analysis, prairie restoration, and implementation, noxious and undesirable weed control, wildlife mapping, monitoring, management, and data analysis
  • Volunteer, education, and outreach programming. Pilot and maintain outreach plans to engage the community to promote stewardship of Open Space values and other relevant topics
  • Create and implement programs to help maintain the balance of ecosystem preservation and passive recreation in Open Space
  • Recruit, manage, and maintain effective communication with volunteers and youth corps including notifications and training
  • Utilize knowledge of local ecosystems to create site-specific work plans based on Open Space plans, goals, and objectives for youth corps and other organizations to implement in the field

The full salary range for this position is stated above. The starting range of pay is dependent on qualifications and experience of each individual candidate. The City of Westminster has a Multilingual Stipend Program to encourage and reward benefited employees who are conversationally fluent in languages other than English. Benefited employees have the opportunity to test their language proficiency skills and qualify for a bi-weekly stipend that will vary based on the employee’s level of proficiency and usage.


The City's work culture encourages passionate, positive and enthusiastic employees who, along with our City Council and City Manager, are strong supporters of our mission: The City of Westminster provides high-quality core services and fosters resilience in order to promote a safe and thriving community. Westminster is a city of beautiful, safe, well-maintained neighborhoods and destinations with a vibrant, diverse economy, rich and resilient environment and a strong sense of community belonging. Our core values are embodied in our SPIRIT (Service - People - Integrity - Respect - Innovation - Teamwork).

This position supports the mission of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, which is to provide exceptional opportunities for a vibrant community with a commitment to nature, wellness and literacy.

Every Employee Is Accountable To

  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority
  • Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied, and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback
  • Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization's mission and vision
  • Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city, and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty, and ethical behavior
  • Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner
  • Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility, and take calculated risks when appropriate
  • Participate in personal growth opportunities, and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
  • Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
  • Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
  • Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity, and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences


Citywide - Every employee in this position is accountable to:

  • Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses, and target areas for personal self-development
  • Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks
  • Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions
  • Achieve goals, and handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently
  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications
  • Demonstrate accountability for work, and take ownership in job performance
  • Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product

Job Specific - Every employee in this position must be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high degree of knowledge of natural resource and recreation management, sustainability and stewardship principles
  • Supervise, inspire and motivate a dynamic group of individuals
  • Demonstrated skill in natural resource management and the ability to research, develop and apply concepts to operations; experience in program coordination including volunteer management, youth corps oversight, and partner agency collaboration; creative in developing solutions for ecosystem enhancement in urban settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of best practices, procedures, and processes for contract administration and compliance with grants; write scope of work for Requests for Proposals/Bids (RFPs/RFBs), review proposals/bids, and manage contracts
  • Coordinate the development of area management plans for Open Space properties, including providing for public input and engagement, developing proposed actions for the protection of natural resources while providing for passive recreation opportunities
  • Apply knowledge of the principles and practice of project management
  • Provide and implement a vision of goals and objectives for the team
  • Communicate at a high level both verbally and written
  • Create an atmosphere of creativity and innovation
  • Contribute to and provide support for the strategic plan for the Open Space Program
  • Meet deadlines while handling multiple tasks and work hours above and beyond regular schedule to bring project objectives to completion
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, other employees, City officials, and the public through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
  • Attend meetings and work at special events and programs
  • Professionally interact with all levels of this organization as well as outside organizations

Job Specific Functions

Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks Provides functional supervision and coordinate work activities of assigned staff with responsibilities for open space management plan implementation, restoration and ecosystem management, youth corps and volunteer management, grant writing and administration, contractor/consultant oversightAssists with the coordination and implementation of the City of Westminster’s Open Space Stewardship PlanLeads the development and implementation of area management plans for the Open Space system, focused on ecosystem restoration and passive recreational management.Assists or leads the Open Space staff with special and routine projects and events related to planning, development, grants and Open Space land managementManages expenditures and revenues, manages and maintains contracts and agreements, researches and applies for appropriate grants; administers and reports on procured grantsEvaluates proposals and bids, recommends award and negotiates and administers contract followed by reviewing documents, reports and inspecting work products from consultant and contractors from start to project close-outProvides oversight to consultants, design professionals, environmental specialists and contractors as neededMaintains regular and punctual attendance Other Duties and Responsibilities

Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job, and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City’s discretion

Position Requirements/Working Conditions/Pre-employment Requirements

Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses, and Certifications


  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Wildlife or Conservation Sciences, Biology, or closely related field; requires an in-depth comprehension and familiarity with local ecosystems, encompassing native, invasive, and noxious flora and fauna. Thorough understanding of natural areas and open space conservation in the Colorado high plains prairie and the management of urban open space programs to plan for and implement resource conservation and sustainability practices
  • Experience working with youth, managing volunteers, and coordinating with outside organizations to implement projects
  • One or more years of work experience in open space or parks performing project management, planning, or restoration
  • One or more years of work experience in grant writing, implementation and reporting
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and safe driving record throughout employment
  • At least two (2) years of supervisory experience
  • Experience with budget development and management
  • Passionate commitment to the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department’s mission statement

Preferred :

  • Advanced Degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Wildlife or Conservation Sciences, Biology, or closely related field
  • Experience drafting and implementing natural resource management plans
  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in open space management or natural resource management

Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.

Physical Requirements

This position can be physical in nature and requires sufficient physical strength and stamina for bending, lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying, walking, running, sitting and standing are some of the motor skills needed to complete work-related tasks.


Work is performed both indoors in a highly used public facility where noise level is high with frequent interruptions, and outdoors, which may include cold, heat, wet, snow, humid or icy conditions and with exposure to, dusts, grasses, molds, and fertilizers. There may be exposure to cleaning agents and other chemicals. The most critical physical activities of the work environment involve leading demanding outdoor activities, etc. Must possess the sufficient physical strength and flexibility to lift/maneuver the recreational equipment/supplies applicable to each individual position.

Required Materials And Equipment

Computers and computer programs such as JDEdwards, Outlook, GIS, Windows and related software programs. Knowledge of the operation of equipment used in the maintenance of open space and public facilities including; trucks, trailers, tractors, loaders, backhoes, mowers, renovators, seeders, mulchers and other related equipment.

Pre-employment Requirements

  • Background checks will include employment references, criminal history and driver’s license record
  • Pre-employment drug screen
  • Pre-employment physical
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the United States

The City of Westminster offers a comprehensive benefit package including:

  • Health and Dental
  • Flexible Spending
  • Pension/ Retirement Plans
  • Term Life Insurance
  • Long-term Disability
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Wellness Program
  • General leave that provides vacation, holidays, illness leave and administrative leave
  • Education and Training Reimbursement, and
  • Exempt Reimbursement Program

For a more detailed overview of our Exempt and Administrative Officer benefit package:

Benefit Package

The City of Westminster does not participate in the Social Security system.In lieu of social security contributions, the city contributes to a 401(a) defined contribution plan on your behalf.

401(a) Contribution Rates

Employee Mandatory Contribution: 11% of your base pay. Contributions are pre-tax and fully vested.

Employer Contribution: 11.25%of your base pay.

Employer Contribution Vesting Schedule

  • Less than 3 years - 0%
  • 3 years- 60%
  • 4 years - 80%
  • 5+ years - 100%

The City of Westminster provides employees with innovative and practical ways to improve their commute through two key features, EcoPass and Commute Benefits powered by Commutrics. EcoPass provides unlimited trips on RTD's core transit services and Commute Rewards allows you to record your trips and get rewards based on your commute mode.

Closing Date/Time: 5/20/2024 8:30 AM Mountain
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